• UN High Commissioner for Refugees, H.E. Mr Filippo Grandi, met with the members of the inaugural UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) on 11 December 2017. The members of the GYAC were in Geneva for the High Commissioners Dialogue on Protection Challenges and to contribute their unique experiences and recommendations to the Programme of Action for the Global Compact on Refugees. The GYAC prepared a written recommendations paper which can be accessed under documents on this portal ( and a short video:

  • A high-level Regional Conference on Refugee Education was held in Djibouti on 12 December 2017 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Among attendees were the Prime Minister of Djibouti and Ministers, the High Commissioner, the Executive Secretary of IGAD, the Special Envoy for the Somali Situation, and the Regional Refugee Coordinator and Special Advisor to the High Commissioner for South Sudan. As an outcome of the meeting, IGAD Member States established a strong foundation for improving standards not only for refugees, but for returnees and refugee-hosting communities. Commitments made by IGAD countries were endorsed at the Ministerial level and resulted in the Djibouti Declaration on Regional Refugee Education and its Plan of Action.

  • Children at the Wadajir pre-school in Ali Addeh refugee camp. Eight-year-old Omoulgire Aden Abdi (middle) was born in the camp and has never been to Somalia. © UNHCR/Petterik Wiggers. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the coming into force of new Refugee Laws in Djibouti that streamline refugee status determination procedures and grants more opportunities for their socio-economic integration. Read more:

  • The UN Resident Coordinator in Ethiopia, Ahunna Eziakonwo-Onochie, takes the platform at the launch of Ethiopia's Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework in Addis Ababa. On 28 November 2018, the Government of Ethiopia formally launched the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), paving the way for the implementation of the nine pledges it made at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September 2016 in New York. Those pledges promote self-reliance, improved sustainable responses that include wider support for host communities, the furthering of peaceful coexistence and the inclusion of refugees into national development plans. Ethiopia is committed to significant shifts in meeting refugees' needs, including a transition away from a camp-based model to refugees living and integrating within host communities.

  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the launch of civil registration for refugees in Ethiopia. Starting today, all refugees in the country will be able to register their vital life events, including birth, death, marriage and divorce, directly with national authorities. This is a historic first and a ground-breaking development for refugee protection in Ethiopia, not previously realized over decades. Civil registration for refugees has been made possible following an amendment to an existing legislation. UNHCR and the UN’s Children Agency (UNICEF) collaborated with the Government of Ethiopia in the preparation of the amendment.

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    Roadmap for the implementation of the pledges of the Government of Ethiopia for the application of the CRRF, 28 November 2017

    This document is the roadmap for the implementation of the pledges of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Government that were made during the Leaders' Summit on Refugees, 20 September 2016. T...
    Published: 22 January 2018 (2 days ago)
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    The UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council's recommendations to the Programme of Action of the Global Compact on Refugees

    UNHCR has formed a Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) that will serve as a consultative group on issues relating to the protection and development of young people who are refugees, internally displa...
    Published: 17 January 2018 (7 days ago)
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    CRRF Global External Update December 2017

    This monthly document summarizes key developments in the implementation of the CRRF in Africa and the Americas. It features highlights captured by UNHCR and complements updates produced by UN and NGO ...
    Published: 16 January 2018 (8 days ago)
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